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Slow Start for Squash

Despite Return of Surana, MIT Drops Three

By Robert Aronstam

TEAM MEMBER

The squash team’s 2001-2002 campaign began with one win in the opening four matches. The lone victory was over Colby College by a score of 7-2. The defeats came at the hands of Stanford, Bowdoin, and Cornell by scores of 4-5, 1-8, and 0-9, respectively. Despite the slow start, the team still has hopes of improving upon their national ranking of number 23 from the 2000-2001 season.

Surana fills former position

This season marks the return of the team’s number one player, Kunal K. Surana ’02, after a one year hiatus. Refocused and ready to compete, Surana lead MIT with a 3-1 record in the first four matches.

Surana easily topped his Stanford and Bowdoin opponents, but had a slightly greater challenge against his foe from Colby. After dropping the first game by a score of 9-3, Surana charged back in the following three games. The victory was secured by scores of 9-5, 9-3, and 9-7 in the final three games.

The final game of the match required a comeback, as Surana found himself down 5-7 and facing a fifth game. “I was a little worried at 5-7,” said Surana. Instead of folding under the pressure, Surana continued to frustrate his opponent with his tremendous court coverage. By retrieving every shot, Surana forced his opponent to hit a few costly errors late in the match.

Several members get two wins

Naveen Goela ’03, Rodney E. Huang ’03, and Rita E. Monson ’04 each won their Stanford and Colby matches. Huang’s wins were the first in his career, as he moved into the top nine for the first time this season.

Monson chalked up two more wins to go along with the many victories from last season. Monson’s Stanford match was particularly hard fought. The match went the full length of five games before Monson emerged victorious.

Her agile opponent stubbornly retrieved nearly every shot that Monson dealt. However, she maintained concentration and played error-free squash. Relying primarily on drives to the back corners, Monson eventually worn down her opponent, forcing him to hit errant shots.

CMI students win over Colby

The Colby match marked the first wins for the new players from Cambridge University. Simon Bradbury and Simon Adelman won their matches at the number two and number ten matches, respectively. Bradbury and Adelman have stepped in to fill the voids in the lineup left by the four graduating seniors from last season.

The squash teams season will continue in IAP. For updated schedules, refer to: .